June 2020 Newsletter
WELL 2020 Annual Conference: A New Date in a New Paradigm
Mark your calendars! We are excited to announce that we will be hosting this year’s WELL Annual Conference virtually on Friday, November 13, 2020. Stay tuned for more details and registration.
WELL UnTapped Graduation!
After six months, our WELL UnTapped Program Fellows have graduated! For this special virtual WELL UnTapped graduation session, WELLos discussed how they could translate what they have learned throughout the fellowship into action. They also spent time learning about the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and shared their final Public Narratives.
For their commencement ceremony, they received commencement speeches from City of Covina Mayor Pro Tem Jorge Marquez, Mayor of Baldwin Park Manuel Lozano, Chair Paola Laverde of the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board, County of Sonoma Supervisor James Gore, California State Treasurer Fiona Ma, and California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (AD-63). Congratulations to our WELLos for graduating from the UnTapped Fellowship Program!
California State Treasurer Fiona Ma inspiring WELLos to take action in their communities.
WELLos with their certificates from Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (AD-63)!
Interested in Participating in WELL UnTapped 2021?
WELL UnTapped is a selective program that creates an opportunity for local leaders to engage with water issues through a comprehensive and active exploration of history, governance, public policy, geography, and economics and their relationship to human rights and climate change. Our fourth year of the UnTapped Program will begin February 2021. Rain or shine, stay-at-home or open doors, WELL UnTapped will continue next year! If you are interested in participating as a WELLo in our next cohort, please fill out the following form.
California Water News Highlights
Worried that you may have missed some important water news this month? WELL’s got you covered. Here is is a sample of noteworthy water news for the month of June:
- Smart Water Magazine: In wake of global shutdowns, researchers expect water quality to improve
- Circle of Blue: Remarkable Drop in Colorado River Water Use a Sign of Climate Adaptation
- Los Angeles Times: Unusually warm May contributes to expanding drought in the West
- Smart Water Magazine: PFAS forecasted to drive US$12.1 billion in water utilities’ spend over next decade
- The Guardian: Revealed: millions of Americans can’t afford water as bills rise 80% in a decade
Consider Supporting WELL
In California, one out of every four jobs is in the nonprofit industry. Nonprofit organizations keep our communities active, safe, engaged, and empowered. Nonprofits like WELL are especially vulnerable to the economic fallout of this pandemic, as much of our revenue comes from in-person events, programs, and conferences that can no longer take place as planned. In order to keep providing water education to Latino leaders across the state, we ask that you consider donating to WELL. Every dollar counts, and every dollar goes back into empowering elected officials throughout California to better serve their communities. A donation of even $50 today will go a long way. We thank you for your continued support and consideration.
WELLo Spotlights: Leadership During the Pandemic
Many of our WELLos have stepped up their leadership to respond to the many consequences of the coronavirus in their communities. We commend these WELLos for their dedication to the cities and communities they serve.
Emma Sharif, Council Member for the City of Compton, UnTapped Class of 2020, has been working hard distributing food to low-income members of her community in coordination with a local church and the Compton Chamber of Commerce. Hundreds of meals have been delivered, and the distribution capabilities are only growing. The WELL community salutes Councilmember Sharif for her hard work and dedication to her city!
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